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Nokia Lumia 635 review


Posted on September 18, 2014

5 min read

I recently won a Nokia Lumia 635 in a Telstra staff competition, so I thought I’d share with you what I thought about the phone.

I have been using the phone at work for the last two weeks and to sum it up: it has everything I want, without any over the top features I will never use.


When you slide the box open for the first time, you discover a elegant black slate very much the shape of other phones to date. Except this one is not the size of a phablet; the 4.5 inch screen sits comfortably in your palm, pocket or bag without taking up too much space. The back cover doesn’t look ‘plasticky’ as the black case edition has been finished in a matte format. It doesn’t stick to your hand like a glossy plastic case would, it just feels almost… natural. Being a measly 134g, it feels light in your hand or pocket.

In the box you’ll find a headset, charger and battery pack. To be honest a removable battery pack was a nice surprise, as you rarely see a separate battery these days. Removing the back case, you’ll find the micro sim card holder, space for your battery and a micro SD card slot. If you’ve got lots of photos, music or video files, suggest buying a micro SD card to expand the on board memory.

Set up

Turning on and setting up was a breeze. If you’re upgrading from another Windows phone, you’ll get the option to sign in and set up with your backed up settings, including credentials, apps, OneDrive and photos. All up it took less than 5 minutes on 4G to bring down my settings and be ready to make calls to my contacts. Conveniently the phone limited app download until I was on a Wi-Fi Network, saving me from large amounts of 4G data being used during set up.

If you’ve never used a Windows phone before, you will find setting up easy and straight forward. Make sure when asked you opt for OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage app. You’ll get a whopping 15GB of storage for free so you can have seamless integration between your new phone and Windows or Mac for files, photos and back-ups.

One thing I have noticed is that the operating system is incredibly responsive – with swiping, flipping and typing being faster and more accurate than earlier Windows Phones I’ve tried.

Both Windows and Mac users can get a syncing app so you can back up locally, and upload your music or ringtones whilst connected to your computer via a micro USB cable.


Lumia 635 comes with a 5MP rear camera with autofocus. Although the camera doesn’t have a flash, it is a capable daylight camera with some good software to counter low light conditions.

One feature I have been hanging out to test was Cinemascope. Basically it makes an animated picture out of a short 3 second recording. It then turns it into the .GIF format so you can share with friends and family.

The camera gives enough features for me while on the go including lenses or filters for editing the photos before I put them up on social media.

Photos in the sun
Pictured: photos taken with the Nokia Lumia 635

Overall the new Nokia Lumia 635 is feature packed with all the right stuff; it’s light, the right size, responsive on touch and comes with some great apps from Microsoft and Nokia including that free music streaming app you won’t want to miss.

Apps on Windows Phone 8.1

With over 200,000 apps on the Windows Phone store, most of the popular apps you’ll look for are there. I tested out a few of the more popular ones.

As expected, Facebook looks the same as it does on other mobile platforms making it an easy move to Windows Phone. LinkedIn on Windows Phone really sets the benchmark for style across the platforms – it looks sleek, modern and makes use of tiles in the app. Evernote is much easier to manage multiple notebooks than other mobile OS platforms. I actually prefer the Windows Phone design for these apps over their brothers on iOS or Android.

Similar to Evernote and LinkedIn, Telstra’s 24×7 app on the Windows Phone has a much neater interface, making getting access to your usage and information very easy.


Like a lot of people, I manage two separate email inbox’s, and two different calendars. Testing out Gmail and my work’s Exchange based email was a breeze, APN and security settings were easy to follow and I had email set up in a matter of minutes.

The Calendar app can handle everything I throw at it, and it is very simple to view, navigate and update your calendar entries. What I do love about the Calendar app in Windows Phone 8.1 is that it follows the formatting of your meetings, similar to Outlook – with accepted, tentative and out of office designations.

You’re probably not surprised to hear that Microsoft have included Office Mobile on the phone, but you will be pleased. It gives you the ability to download, edit and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations directly on your phone. You can easily take notes with OneNote and create documents and spreadsheets on the go, saving back to OneDrive so you can continue working on the documents from your computer or connected tablet.

Note – The above is a personal blog entry; any commentary on third party products therein is not intended to be an endorsement by Telstra, which has no association with the mentioned products unless expressly stated otherwise.